Canada Soccer announced on Thursday their roster for their first-ever Concacaf Nations League game, a qualifier on Sept. 9 against the U.S. Virgin Islands in Bradenton, Fla. Among the players called up was Los Angeles Football Club defender Dejan Jakovic.
Canada Soccer announces squad for Concacaf Nations League Qualifying— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) August 30, 2018
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Jakovic, 33, returns to the Canadian Men’s National Team after featuring for his country in March, in the first game under current head coach John Herdman.
The Concacaf Nations League qualifying is the beginning of a new competition, one you may have heard of with UEFA nations that will be getting started shortly, too. Basically, Concacaf is aiming to get rid of most or all friendlies, and offering competitive games to give teams that aren’t the U.S. and Mexico chances to play, when most of the Caribbean countries, Central American teams and Canada often sit on their behinds during international breaks. This qualifying stage is intended to help place the various countries in the tiers Concacaf will be setting up for the teams, with the league itself kicking off down the road.
Canada will also be playing Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and French Guiana in qualifying in upcoming FIFA windows. Frankly, the goal will be for Canada to get the best of this group and move up to a decent tier. Down the road, there will be promotion/relegation between the tiers in Concacaf Nations League.
From the looks of it, Jakovic may turn out to be the only LAFC player going out on international duty for the upcoming window, although we’ll see. Congrats to him and good luck.
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